As a nanotechnologist you will apply the principles of physics, chemistry and biology to design new products on a nano-scale in a new and rapidly expanding area of science.
What is nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology is the study of extremely small things. It focuses on being able to see and manipulate things at the atomic and subatomic level, much smaller than you can see with a regular microscope.
Nanotechnology combines diverse areas of science including physics, chemistry and biology with engineering and allows for new materials and devices to be made with greater durability and efficiency.
How small are we talking about? A sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometres thick!
What do nanotechnologists do?
Nanotechnologists use precision equipment and find ways to design and manipulate structures at the atomic and subatomic level. They investigate and create materials at the nanoscale level to take advantage of enhanced properties such as higher strength, lighter materials, and greater chemical reactivity.
Nanotechnologists manufacture nanomaterials to create new more efficient medical devices and medicines, and strong lightweight materials for use in construction and aircraft.
Where do nanotechnologists work?
Nanotechnologists work with sophisticated instruments in research laboratories in industrial, academic and science sectors as well as mining, medical, manufacturing and production.
What type of person do I need to be?
A career in nanotechnology may be for you, if you:
- are good at analysis and problem-solving,
- have strong mathematics and computing skills,
- can visualise and explain ideas clearly, and
- are able to work independently or as part of a team.